As part of its commitment to the Thanet Community, Thanet's only Rugby Club held its inaugural Sports Fun Day on Saturday 30th June at its home ground in Callis Court Road, Broadstairs.
The sports based Fun Day attracted nearly 200 participants of all ages with many family groups competing against each other in a series of challenges graded according to age. Strength was tested as 'prop stars' pushed old tyres, skills were examined to find the Kicking King and Pass Master but the most popular activity proved to be the Slip and Slide rink where participants skidded and slithered across a slimy surface whilst being pelted with wet sponges as they endeavoured to set the fastest time. After the ten challenges were completed by the Tug of War, the Gold Team were announced as the first winners of the Paul Keohane Sports Fund Cup which was raised high by Team Captains Stu Plumridge and Seamus. The club's main sponsor London Array provided Goody Bags and St Lawrence College Mini Rugby Balls for the younger players and all players received a medal and their team T- shirt helped by extra sponsorship from those fifteen generous club sponsors listed on the shirts' backs.
John Keohane, Co-Trustee of the Paul Keohane Trust who originated the idea for the day, commented that this was exactly the type of event his brother would have loved to have seen held with lots of fun events, a bit of fitness and children loving the whole experience. There were many positive comments about the day and at least seven of the youngsters attending have already committed to join the club's 250 strong junior and mini section in September.
Many members of Wanderers Committee took part in the event and on their behalf spokesman, Cary Wright thanked John Keohane and everyone who had worked so hard to make the day such a success. Too many to list individually, but your efforts are truly valued. Many of the senior players who attended had graduated from the club's junior ranks and by assisting were able to show their ongoing commitment to the club and its sponsors. The club's senior and junior coaches were out in force with the Head of Development and Head Coach among an almost full turn-out of those offering their support and guidance to the youngsters taking part. Sarah Shelley, Karen Vas and Kaly Hooper for their lovely cakes: the Chef and Butcher of Broadstairs for their delicious Burgers and Sausages and Broadstairs MOT for the cooling drinks. All proceeds went to the club or the Fund.
Planning is already underway for next year's event and there's the Paul Keoahane Memorial Lunch on April 6th 2019 to look forward to.
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